Police Pension Changes

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Living longer means some additional costs for the city of Vienna.

Based on increased life expectancy, the West Virginia pension board has changed its formula for funding retirement benefits for public employees.

What it means, is Vienna will have to provide some more money for its retired police officers.

"In our particular plan, we have approximately 22 (retired police employees)," City Recorder Randy Rapp said after a city council budget committee meeting Tuesday. "We're not in the same bracket as (a major corporation), so yes, the numbers have to be adjusted, but that's not something we can't handle."

The city is also working on its budget, which takes effect in July.

It plans to switch from long-time carrier Highmark, the former Mountain State Blue Cross-Blue Shield, to a Marietta agency...for lower premiums.

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